Caramel Cheesecake Bars

Annie, Annie's Eats

Cheesecake is a fan-favorite, for sure. Rich and creamy filling atop a buttery graham cracker crust. Mmm, mmm, good. Add caramel and toffee into the mix and we’ve definitely entered into the realm of irresistible. Let’s be honest – caramel sauce can give most desserts an instant upgrade.

Caramel Cheesecake Bars
By Annie
Makes 16 bars

Ingredients:

For the crust: 

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup toffee bits

For the filling: 

12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup prepared caramel sauce

For topping: 

Additional caramel sauce, for drizzling
1/2 cup toffee bits

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325˚F. Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Toss with a fork until evenly mixed. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press into an even layer in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the toffee bits in an even layer over the graham cracker mixture. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, but maintain the oven temperature.

To make the filling, in the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese and sour cream. Beat on medium-high speed until smooth and well combined, 1-2 minutes. Beat in the sugar. Blend in the egg, vanilla and salt, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Blend in the caramel sauce. Pour the mixture over the crust in an even layer.

Return the pan to the oven and bake just until set, about 30-35 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire cooling rack and let cool to room temperature. Cover with foil and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Drizzle additional caramel sauce over the cheesecake and sprinkle with additional toffee bits. Slice into squares with a large kitchen knife. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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  1. Marianne Bodenschatz said:

    Looking forward to trying these recipes,thanks

  2. Joelle said:

    Can these be frozen?
    thank you in advance.
    Joelle

    • realbutter said:

      We don’t recommend freezing this recipe.

  3. Janie said:

    What are Toffee bits? Heath bars? Thanks…it sounds great.

  4. Chris mower said:

    Looks so good I could eat the page

  5. Kathy said:

    This looks amazing, I’m going to for sure try this for our next family get together.